don miller; MountainDon wrote:You have to wonder at how the mind of the person who thought of trying that works.
I bet the equipment is, on a deep level, regarded as an extension of the operator's body. Cognitive scientists seem to observe this, no matter how deep they look.
I think the operator would, as a pedestrian, jump into the truckbed or do a handspring to get into it. The experience of the equipment is deep enough that this just feels like the way to do it.
I think this is a part of our heritage of tool use. I think a similar fuzzy boundary between self and other also played a role in our domestication of plants and animals. I wonder if using a digging stick allowed us to have empathy for the trees; if tool use pre-adapted our minds for the work of horticulture.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.